Each object in the collection of the Wharton Esherick Museum – from major pieces of sculpture and furniture to the unassuming ephemera hidden in drawers and cabinets – holds within it myriad stories. One Object, Many Stories offers a deep dive into one of Esherick’s most well known sculptural furniture forms: the music stand.
Esherick created the music stand for Rose Rubinson who, along with her husband Nathan (Nat), was one of Esherick’s most significant patrons in the 1950s and 1960s. Their friendship is just one of the narratives explored in One Object, Many Stories. Others include Esherick’s stylistic language and context; how Rose Rubinson’s music stand became the impetus for new designs for Esherick; and the music stand’s inclusion in several exhibitions that would help to define Esherick’s career and legacy.
WEM is fortunate to have the prototype music stand made for Rose Rubinson on view in our Visitor Center through the generosity of Geoffrey Berwind, grandson of Nat and Rose and a member of the Museum’s Board of Directors. We are not only thrilled to have the opportunity to share this wonderful work with our visitors, but also to honor the continued involvement of the Rubinson/Berwind Family in preserving and celebrating Esherick’s legacy since the museum’s founding in 1972.